The Pacers announced Monday that forward Danny Granger, who played only five games last season with a knee injury, will miss three weeks with a left calf strain. The team stressed in the announcement that the decision is precautionary and not related to his knee which required multiple surgeries last season.
Granger suffered the injury in a preseason game vs. the Bulls on Oct. 18 and the team subsequently shut him down for the preseason. Last week they announced he would miss at least the first two games of the regular season.
Two seasons ago, when Granger played 62 games, he averaged 19 points and five rebounds. He was expected to provide a huge scoring boost to the Pacers, whether off the bench or as a starter. But now with him missing significant time, even with it not being related to the knee, you start to worry if he's ever going to be healthy enough to play consistently, at least this season. He was only cleared from recovery for last season's knee surgery a month ago. Maybe shutting him down now will let him reset the clock and get back to a healthy baseline. The Pacers have to hope so.